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Mrrzy Lyr Add: Au Venezuela [French version] (8) RE: Lyr Add: Au Venezuela [French version] 17 Dec 20


Here are the words in English.

As usual lCdlC make no effort to translate the lyrics, but come up with something that conveys everything the original song did.

Gloss of French version:

Stranger, you come this evening for the last time
You'll leave in the morning
Sit around the fire with us
Listen to one of our ancestors' songs
Pass away the time singing in Venezuela
Sing for the passing of life
And for he who is leaving
And will not return.

Stranger, come share our family meal
Take the bread of friendship
Bite into the golden fruits that bring desire
And drink the milk from which life springs
Pass away the time loving in Venezuela
Sing for the passing of life
And for he who is leaving
And will not return.

Make the girl dance, dance, short skirt, white scarf
Silver bangles on her ankles
Her body is supple and stretches out
You loved her all spring long
Pass away the time dancing in Venezuela
Dance for the passing of life
And for he who is leaving
And will not return.

Stranger, if you forget your sorrows in her arms
Winnowing*
Leave your big city to your past
And come earn your freedom
Pass away the time singing in Venezuela
Sing for the passing of life
And for he who is leaving
And will not return.

*In French "SÚparant l'ivraie du grain" is separating the chaff from the grain but we have a word for that.
Plus before I looked up the words I heard that line as Ses parents livraient du grain [her parents delivered grain]. My new favorite mondegreen.


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